A TEAM of six intrepid fundraisers have been cycling the length of the United Kingdom this week in a bid to raise money for Children in Need.

The Rickshaw Challenge has returned for 2019 and this year features a new route, including Malpas for the first time.

Star of the BBC’s The One Show and Countryfile, Matt Baker, joined riders Adelle, Emma, Josh, Kelsey, Thomas and Uche in the ride, which started in Holyhead on Anglesey, before finishing in London.

The challenge has been a highlight for many schoolchildren, with schools showing their support as the rickshaw travelled past.

Ysgol Sant Dunawd in Bangor-on-Dee, Borderbrook School in Tallarn Green and Alport Primary School in Malpas all waved on the charity cavalcade, as it made its way from Oswestry to Crewe on day four of its 400-mile journey.

School governor of Borderbrook School, Clare Williams, said the pupils were delighted to see the Children in Need team cycle past.

“The children were super excited to get a chance to see Pudsey, and were in full voice cheering him on when Uche, from the Rickshaw Team cycled past,” said Clare.

Meanwhile, Sara Tate, headteacher at Ysgol Sant Dunawd in Bangor-on-Dee said her pupils were “very excited” to see the rickshaw, as it didn’t travel through the town in last year’s event.

The six riders are all incredible young people who are blind or are recovering from cancer.

For this year, the Hunter Foundation has pledged to give 40p for every £1 donated by the general public to the challenge, helping to make the public’s donations go even further in making a difference to young lives.